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VIA announces APC Rock and Paper low-cost Android computers

VIA has today announced the latest additions to its APC line. For those of you not in the know, VIA's APC line consist of small Android based PC motherboards. The original APC was released last spring for around $45.

 

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The Rock is the first new APC board and is a complete redesign of the original APC. It features a faster processor, more RAM, and a metric ton of expandability by not only breaking out the processors 20-pin ARM JTAG header, but also opening up GPIO, SPI and I2C buses on header pins.

 

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The Paper features a slick faux book-like case and does not have a VGA port like the Rock. Both boards feature an ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 800MHz, 4GB of NAND flash based storage, 512MB of DDR3 RAM, HDMI port, microSD, 10/100 Ethernet and run Android 4.0. The Rock is currently available from the APC.io website for $79 and the Paper is expected to begin shipping in March at a price point of $99.

Samsung Chromebox Series 3 shows up in online stores, features Core i5 processor

This news has come totally unannounced from Google and Samsung, but we're looking at the Chromebox Series 3 unit which features a Core i5 processor and is listed as 'in-stock' at multiple retailers.

 

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The XE300M22-A01US sports a Sandy Bridge-based dual-core Core i5 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 4GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD. It won't wipe the floor with a high-end PC, but these days a fast dual-core, 4GB of RAM and an SSD is all you need for a system to feel snappy.

 

Prices floating around right now suggest we're looking at around $405, which is a little more than the older model.

iBUYPOWER announces the Revolt SFF PC at CES 2013

CES 2013 - iBUYPOWER, makers of custom gaming desktops and laptops, announced a new desktop gaming machine at CES 2013 last week. The Revolt is a slim desktop PC that doesn't compromise on performance. iBUYPOWER say that they designed this system from the ground up and turned to what they would like to have on their desk for inspiration.

 

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"We didn't look to the industry for inspiration when we were developing Revolt. What we looked for was the burning question of, what would we like to have on our own desks? We wanted to shake up the industry and make something beautiful. This is what Revolt is," said Darren Su, Co-Founder and VP of iBUYPOWER.

 

Even the pricing revolts against the standard, with an i7-3770K machine only setting you back $1399. For that you also get a GTX 680 and a solid state drive. Pricing begins at the low end with a GTX 650, Core i3 processor, and traditional spinning hard disk drive.

 

The unique case features airflow channels which help provide the cooling capacity of larger systems. This SFF system has been developed in conjunction with NVIDIA, MLG, and Microsoft, so you know it is a quality product.

Raspberry Pi slides past one million boards launched milestone

The Raspberry Pi has become quite the little Internet hero since it launched, and it has now reached quite a milestone - by selling over one million of the units since launch.

 

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For just $35, you get a PC that is capable of booting a streamlined install of Linux - and there are plenty of uses for the Raspberry Pi which makes it the perfect buy for modders and tweakers. In order to celebrate, the company have released a pretty cool infographic detailing a bunch of stats on the device - for example, if the Raspberry Pi's were stacked end-to-end, they would be higher than 111 Empire State Buildings.

Digital Storm's Bolt is a pint-sized powerhouse

CES 2013 - Digital Storm's Bolt system is a mere 3.6 inches wide - tiny by today's standards for gaming systems - yet, it supports up to a GTX 680, the fastest single GPU on the market. This system's case is custom designed by Digital Storm, and, like the Aventum, is fabricated locally in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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The system starts at $999, and for that, you get an Intel Core i3 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650Ti. Of course, like all of Digital Storm's systems, this one is highly configurable and can accept up to an Intel Core i7-3770K. You're probably wondering how they have managed to shove a full size GPU into such a small chassis. Well, they use a riser card to flip the GPU parallel to the motherboard.

 

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The CPU features a side-panel intake with a 120mm fan and the GPU is fed cold air by a side-panel blower. The system, considering it's size, stays cool, even while playing demanding games for extended periods of time. You can get your own Bolt at Digital Storm's website.

Say hello to the Digital Storm Aventum, the coolest computer I've ever seen

CES 2013 - I visited Digital Storm's suite and the focus of the room really was this massive system known as the Aventum. A fully customizable system, the Aventum starts at just shy of $5,000 and can run all the way up to $8,000 or more. It sits in a case custom designed by Digital Storm and fabbed locally in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

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The case is simple and elegant, and the model they were showing off in the suite, and subsequently at the Intel party tonight, featured hard-plumbed watercooling, an Intel 3970K, dual EVGA GTX 690s, and a plethora of other high performance components.

 

It features the Digital Storm A.R.E.S. cooling system, which allows lights, fans, and monitoring to be controlled from within Windows. If you're in the market for a new system, you should definitely check the Aventum out.

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SAPPHIRE shows off new EDGE SFF PC, powered by AMD APU

CES 2013 - At SAPPHIRE's suite, they were showing off an extremely small form factor PC based upon the AMD APU. The system was about as small as your average router, which means it is smaller than most set-top boxes. The system actually looks very much like a router and would be perfect as an HTPC.

 

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SAPPHIRE bills the system as being good for at home, an engineer, retail, business, gaming, and digital signage. It features either an AMD A4 dual-core or an AMD A8 quad-core, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, an either a 320GB HDD or 500GB HDD, depending on the model. The thing really is tiny and full-featured.

Samsung's new Chromebox doesn't look like a Mac Mini anymore

Samsung's Chromebox use to resemble Apple's Mac Mini with its rounded aluminum corners, and black surface. The company released the latest design today and things look drastically different.

 

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Ditching the sleek aluminum and acrylic design in favor of injected molded plastic has rendered the Chromebox into something less likely to infringe on an Apple trademark.

 

The specifications of the new machine remain unchanged and this revision seems to be purely cosmetic. It is however no slouch, sporting a 1.9GHz Celeron Processor, 4GB of memory and 16GB of storage.

Raspberry Pi gets educational manual, free to use and distribute

The tiny Raspberry Pi has been a popular system among hackers and educators alike. For $35, you get a fully functional PC to mess around with, program, and do what you like. If you own one and don't know where to start, you're in luck, as the system has gotten a free educational manual courtesy of a team of UK teachers from Computing at School.

 

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The manual is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 unported licence, which in non-legal speak means you can use, redistribute, change and copy. There's only one limitation: you can't sell it. There's lots of information in the manual, such as information of Scratch, Python, and the command line.

 

You can grab it from the Pi Store, or from this link if you don't have a Pi yet.

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LG shows off 2013 notebook, all-in-one lineup ahead of CES

LG is teasing us with some information about their 2013 lineup of PCs and notebooks ahead of their CES 2013 debut. All of the machines are Windows 8-powered and use LG's IPS display technology, which should make them ideal for users who need accurate color reproduction, such as photographers.

 

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The first is LG's hybrid notebook, the H160 Tab-Book, which features an 11.6-inch display and QWERTY keyboard that is hidden beneath. It weighs in at 2.3 pounds and is only 0.6 inches thick. It reportedly has 12.5 hours of battery life, though the processor isn't detailed. I would venture to guess an Atom will power the machine. A second model, the Z160, comes with all of the same specifications, but comes with an i5 processor and higher specifications.

 

LG's Ultrabook, the Z360, comes in at 2.5 pounds and 0.5 inches thick and will be powered by a core i5 processor. It features a full HD IPS display. Finally, LG is showing off the AIO V325, which will have a 23-inch display. The screen will feature 10-point multitouch support and will be powered by an i5 coupled with a GT 640M. Interestingly, it will feature a TV tuner and picture-in-picture so that you can watch both TV and your desktop at the same time.

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